Pittsburgh beats visiting Vancouver Canucks in shootout
Evgeni Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout to help host Pittsburgh beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. The Penguins have won 20 of their last 22 home games.
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks had gone two years, a span of 157 games, since they last faced each other.
They picked up right where they left off.
Back in 2011, Evgeni Malkin scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins earned a season-opening victory at Vancouver.
The site changed Saturday, but the result was the same.
Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made the deciding stop on Ryan Kesler as the Penguins remained unbeaten at home with a 4-3 victory over the Canucks.
“The goal Evgeni scored in Vancouver was similar to the one he got (Saturday),” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
Malkin skated down the right-wing boards and moved across the ice, curling his stick to stuff the puck past goalie Roberto Luongo with a backhander.
“When Malkin came down, I wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do and, unfortunately, I bit on the fake and he went backhand,” Luongo said. “I wish I would have been a bit more patient maybe on that one.”
Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists for Pittsburgh, which won for the 20th time in 22 home games. The Penguins are 5-0 at home this season.
Fleury stopped 36 shots for his league-leading seventh victory of the season, denying Kesler, Alexander Edler and Mike Santorelli in the shootout.
Zack Kassian scored a third-period goal, and Edler and Brad Richardson also scored for the Canucks, who won their previous two games. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa had three assists.
“We found a way to get a point,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “You always want to get two points, but we’ll take one in a pretty tough building to play in.”
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